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Senate Rejects Efforts to Repeal the ACA

On July 28, 2017, members of the U.S. Senate voted 49-51 to reject a ‘skinny’ version of a bill called the Health Care Freedom Act (HCFA) to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  As a result, the ACA remains current law but some other version may be reintroduced in the future. To read Read more…

Revised Form I-9 Released For Use In September

Employers must transition to exclusive use of the updated version of (Form I-9), Employment Eligibility Verification, by September 18, 2017.  The new form was updated in July by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  The substantive requirements for completing the Form I-9 have not changed. To read entire article click here.

HIPAA Cyber Attack Response Checklist

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), a covered entity that experiences a ransom ware attack or other cyber-related security incident must take immediate steps to prevent or mitigate any impermissible release of protected health information (PHI). To read entire article click here.

NYS Paid Family Leave – Employee Contribution

Some payroll providers automatically began deducting Paid Family Leave Plan contributions from employees’ weekly wages starting July 1, 2017. Starting January 1, 2018, this employee-funded program will provide your NY employees with 8 weeks of partially paid leave when certain life events occur.  Paid family leave benefits will be phased in over a four-year period Read more…

Senate Releases Draft ACA Replacement Bill

On June 22, 2017, Republicans in the U.S. Senate released a draft of their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The Senate bill closely mirrors the proposal passed in the House of Representatives-the American Health Care Act (AHCA)-with some differences. To read entire article Read more…

PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposed a fee on health insurance insurers and plan sponsors of self-insured health plans to help fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The fee, called the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee, is calculated based on the average number of lives covered under the policy or plan. To read entire article Read more…

New York Paid Family Leave Law Enacted

New York enacted a bill that will require employers to provide paid family leave benefits to eligible employees as part of the state’s disability insurance program. Benefits will be funded through employee paycheck deductions. Employers are not responsible for contributing to or funding paid family leave benefits. To read entire article click here.